• model with long red hair wearing knitted coat with birds of paradise flowers
  • Image of female model in Fair Isle Surprise vest in farm field with big clouds
  • shetland sweaters in varying patterns and colors with sample card
  • pink garter stitch surprise vest in Unspun Icelandic
 
   
Elizabeth Zimmermann
Meg Swansen

Welcome to Schoolhouse Press

Schoolhouse Press is a publisher of knitting books, patterns, and instructional videos, the home of Knitting Camp, and a knitting supply business founded in the mid-1950s by British-born master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann. Today, we are a typical small business located in Wisconsin, USA, run by Elizabeth's family and a few staff members wearing a number of hats. Our focus is on customer service (yes, it's still possible to reach us by phone--800-968-5648) and supplying knitters with books, patterns, wool, and tools we use and endorse. Learn More.

 

Featured Products

People Knitting: A Century of Photographs

A wonderful tribute to knitters! 100 photographs, from the 1860s to the 1960s, reflect the enormous diversity of our knitting family. There is no text, per se, but a number of quotes – including one from Elizabeth Zimm...

Deep Roots, Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie

Deep Roots, Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie, Denise Bell and Chris Dykes. As the subtitle tells you, the designer (Denise) and her photographer/essayist husband (Chris) took repeated long trips to the Tallgras...

Knitting Ganseys

We have carried this wonderful book since its inception in 1993. Now, after a few years absence it has returned in a beautiful new hardcover format, completely revised and updated. Detailed historical background, plus Be...

SPP78, Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia), Digital

For those familiar with Felipe Cavalheiro’s amazingly vibrant color-pattern designs (see SPP#54, 58, 65), his latest creation will not disappoint! Felipe has designed an elegant cardigan that features a lifelike motif ...

Knitting Patterns

Weekend Sweater - SPP67

Knit a comfortable, attractive yoke sweater for everyday wear - that is custom fit for you. Meg Swansen leads you step by step through the remarkably simple process of sizing your sweater with EPS (Elizabeth’s Percenta...

SPP77, The Surprise Vest

The Baby Surprise Jacket has only grown in popularity since Elizabeth Zimmermann knit the first one for her grandson, Cully, 50 years ago! Now, coming full-circle, Cully has designed a pair of Surprise Vests, which, simi...

WG 100 A-Line Fair Isle Yoke

It seemed natural that for Wool Gathering #100 (an auspicious anniversary) I should return to my mum's basic EPS seamless yoke pullover, in homage to her 1958 Newsletter #1 (now available in The Opinionated Knitter). The...

SPP78, Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia), Digital

For those familiar with Felipe Cavalheiro’s amazingly vibrant color-pattern designs (see SPP#54, 58, 65), his latest creation will not disappoint! Felipe has designed an elegant cardigan that features a lifelike motif ...

Lace Alphabet Shawl - SPP9

   Knitters are fond of expressing themselves not only through their knitting but also through messages or statements 'written' into their garments. Here Bridget guides you through the creation of two gorgeous ...

Bohus Inspired Yoke - SPP58

Another lovely design from Brazilian knitter, Felipe Cavalheiro, who follows Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System (EPS) to construct the sweater. The yoke design and colors are inspired by sweaters from the Swedish B...